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Iran-Iraq War

Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement on the progress to date in implementing the mandatory United Nations Security Council resolution requiring a cease-fire in the war between Iran and Iraq; what is the latest estimate available to him of the number of deaths in this conflict, including civilian deaths; and how many are believed to have died as a result of the use of chemical weapons officially banned by international agreements.

Despite the efforts of the United Nations Secretary-General, Security Council resolution 598 remains unimplemented after seven months. The Security Council is therefore actively working on enforcement measures to be applied to the recalcitrant party.It is estimated that approximately 150,000 Iraqi and 500,000 Iranian troops have been killed so far, together with a total of some 200,000 civilians. The number of deaths directly attributable to the use of chemical weapons is not known.